With just two rounds under his belt, Erebus Academy driver Jobe Stewart has impressed in his maiden Super3 season and has already cemented himself as a genuine Championship contender.
Stewart has secured consistent results so far, achieving his first Super3 round win in Newcastle with a win and a second place, followed by another win, pole position, and second place in Perth last month.
Pre-season testing at Winton back in February saw Stewart quickly become comfortable with his VF Commodore and the Image Racing team which greatly contributed to his confidence heading into Newcastle.
“I was pretty confident in the team and everyone was confident in myself and the car after our initial testing,” Stewart said.
“We expected to go well but to come out and win my first race and the round as a whole was quite surprising but also really exciting.”
Off the back of an equally impressive Toyota 86 season where he scored five podiums and finished third in the Championship, Stewart has been acutely aware of some key differences between the two categories.
“The Super3 category is definitely a lot more technical than the 86’s and there’s a lot more going on even just in terms of the amount of people in the garage,” Stewart said.
“You have to be a much more concentrated and sharp driver on the track as the car is much more technical and it’s a lot easier to make mistakes.”
Though his Super3 results have been impressive straight out the gate, Stewart isn’t allowing himself to become complacent and is continuously working to maintain his consistency.
“There’s definitely a lot I still need to work on as I’m still very new to the category and still have a lot to learn,” Stewart said.
“I haven’t been real comfortable with the brakes so Perth particularly was a big learning curve for me with a lot of hard braking zones but I’m learning more and more everytime I’m with the team whether that’s on or off track.”
Stewart is setting his goals high for the remainder of the season and hopes that his season opening form will continue up until the final round in Adelaide.
“My long term goal for the year is to win the championship and individually round by round, I want to win as many rounds as I can, if not all of the rounds,” Stewart said.
Round 3 of the Dunlop Series will take place at the Reid Park Street Circuit in Townsville, July 7 – 9.